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Cool Food Tricks To Save The Planet

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Sometimes a hamburger isn't really a hamburger.
Sometimes a hamburger isn't really a hamburger.

The body can be tricked into sensing that it’s eating something that has the consistency and flavor of one particular food, even if the ingredients are totally, outlandishly different. Recently Cantu and Roche created a hamburger using beets and barley — and no cow — and patrons thought they were actually eating meat. Cantu and Roche have developed a BBQ sauce that is made of hay and crab apples. The promise is that foods could be made without resource-consuming animals and perhaps more healthfully, too.

As for the lemon, if flavors can be manipulated, there might be a way to make plants that people normally don’t eat into something edible, which could decrease hunger in food-scarce regions.

This program aired on March 3, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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